New Orleans General Attractions

New Orleans General Attractions

Among New Orleans general attractions, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Decatur Street, Woldenburg Riverfront Park, French Market and Cafe du Monde sound like they jumped out of novel. One visit and taste of a fresh beignet and you will understand why.

Bourbon Street
DESCRIPTION: 13-blocks of bawdy, raucous and colorful activity, no street more authentically personifies the French Quarter better; a 24/7 venue of dance clubs, bars, burlesque clubs, restaurants, hotels, historic sites and gift shops, with its highest activity concentrated between Canal Street and Dumaine Street. It is said that Jean LaFitte set up a Blacksmith shop at the corner of Bourbon and St. Philips Streets as a front for his main profession – pirating. Several buildings on the street, also known as Rue Bourbon, date to the 1700s and 1800s and it shows in their character detail. The celebrated Galatoires Restaurant has been at 209 Bourbon Street for more than a century and the intersection of Bourbon Street and St. Anne Street begins the section catering to New Orleans’ gay community. Bourbon Street after a major football or basketball game is always of the chain. In summary, if you can’t find something of interest on pedestrian-oriented Bourbon Street, you ‘aint living.
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: Bourbon Street from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarteer parking garages
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar stops at Bourbon Street
WEBSITE: link

Royal Street
DESCRIPTION: Though sedate by comparison and 1 block closer to the river than Bourbon Street, one finds Royal Street; it is one of America’s finest expressions of artistic culture featuring an unmatched collection of antique shops, art galleries, clothing boutiques, fine jewelry stores, and 4 and 5 star hotels and restaurants; at any given time you’ll see some of the world’s greatest artists showing works and dropping by; two excellent Black Art galleries have joined the list of tenants on the street; the antique shops are so extensive, it seems as though Royal Street gets first dibs on every Southern estate sale – some pieces are absolutely breathtaking; then there’s the renown restaurants of Brennan’s, Mr B’s, Pere Antoine’s and The Court of Two Sisters upholding New Orleans’ status as a premier culinary destination in the world
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: dawn to dusk
ADDRESS: Royal Street from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: nearby garage
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar
WEBSITE: link

St. Louis Cathedral
DESCRIPTION: It what you get when you cross the oldest continuously-active cathedral in the United States with a weeding chapel for “Voodoo Queen” Marie Leveau; it was also named after France’s King Louis IX and consecrated in 1794, this landmark frames Jackson Square oh so perfectly–save plenty of film for this location; as a bonus, Cathedral Gardens are in the back
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: tours Mon-Sat 9a-5p, Sun 1:30p-5p
ADDRESS: 615 Pere Antoine Ally, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarter garages
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar
PHONE: 504-525-9585
WEBSITE: http://stlouiscathedral.org

Jackson Square
DESCRIPTION: The most beloved and photographed park by tourists features much more than an equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson; the St Louis Cathedral forms one boundary, while typical French Quarter buildings surround the West and west of the square, as it empties in Washington Artillery Park; street vendors, artists, and magicians perform regularly
DAYS & HOURS: closes at 9p
ADDRESS: Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA MAP

Woldenburg Riverfront Park and Moonwalk
DESCRIPTION: A rather large green space extending from Jackson Brewery to the Canal Street Ferries provides ample room for romantic strolls and early morning jogs; if you get tired there are plenty of benches for relaxation and street performers to entertain you; Riverwalk is adjacent and the Riverfront Streetcar line passes through the park and the Aquarium of the Americas sits on the edge of the park at the foot of Canal Street
DAYS & HOURS: only daytime jogs are recommended
ADDRESS: Canal Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans, LA MAP

Cafe Du Monde
DESCRIPTION: Located in the multi-building French Market complex since 1862, its serves sinfully delicious hot beignets and cafe au lait; a long-time favorite with tourists and locals that has to be near the top of your list to visit
ADMISSION: free, but you’d be insane not buy a beignet
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7 except Christmas
ADDRESS: 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Market parking lot
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar is adjacent
PHONE: 504-525-4544
WEBSITE: http://www.cafedumonde.com

French Market
DESCRIPTION: What began as a Native American trading post opened as America’s oldest market at this site in 1791; the market changed hands many times over the decades became tattered for many years; it was fully restored in 1975 with a large arcade-like complex of one-of-a-kind shops; today area farmers meet here to sell produce around the clock
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 1008 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Market parking lot
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar
PHONE: 504-522-2621
WEBSITE: http://www.frenchmarket.org

JAX Brewery
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1891 and many years removed from being a brewhouse, its Germanic architectural design still captures the eye with four floors of retail stores, attractions, restaurants, bars and cafés; a bonus is that you can enjoy breathtaking views of the French Quarter from its upper levels; shopping is punctuated with many only-in-New Orleans shops such as Cajun Clothing Company, Gumbo Kids, Its About Time, and JAX art gallery; an ATM is located on the 2nd floor
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-7p
ADDRESS: 600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: JAX Parking Lot
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar
PHONE: 504-566-7245
WEBSITE: http://www.jacksonbrewery.com

New Orleans School of Cooking
DESCRIPTION: Since 1980, it has introduced countless visitors from around the world to the wonderful food of New Orleans; cooking demonstrations are taught by well known local Creole and Cajun chefs; classes held daily in a beautifully renovated 1830’s molasses warehouse; visitors are treated to a wide range of local classics such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Corn & Crab Bisque, and Pralines; classes feature 4 food items and include generous samplings of the demonstrated menu items as well as recipes, coffee, iced tea and Abita beer, so its best to make reservations online
ADMISSION: fee depends on your reservation
DAYS & HOURS: reservations for 2.5 two hour classes daily 10a-12:30p
ADDRESS: 524 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarter garages
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar
PHONE: 504-525-2665
WEBSITE: http://www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com

House of Blues
DESCRIPTION: Gets loud at this tourist destination with an extensive calendar of blues, jazz and now some gospel concerts; specialties include Memphis barbecue, voodoo chicken, wood fired pizza, shrimp remoulade; check out the foundation room
DAYS & HOURS: Sun 12p-11p, Mon-Thu 11a-11p; Fri-Sat 11a-until
ADDRESS: 225 Decatur Avenue, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: North Peters Street parking lot
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar and Canal Streetcar
PHONE: 504-529-2583
WEBSITE: http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans

World Trade Center of New Orleans
DESCRIPTION: At 407 feet, it towers above Spanish Plaza and sits next to Aquarium of the Americas; the Plimsoll Club on the 30th floor, WTC offers magnificent views of the busy port, Mississippi River and city skyline during a cocktail or dinner – also popular for wedding receptions
ADMISSION: free, except for concerts
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 2 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: Downtown parking garages
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar stops underneath and Canal Streetcar is adjacent to entrance
PHONE: 504-529-1701
WEBSITE: http://www.wtcno.org

Riverwalk Marketplace
DESCRIPTION: A major shopping center with a festive riverfront theme; features plenty of gift items for men and women; a $10 purchase provides parking validation
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-11:30p
ADDRESS: 1 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: Riverwalk parking garages
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar and Canal Streetcar
PHONE: 504-522-1555
WEBSITE: http://www.riverwalkmarketplace.com

Harrahs Casino and Resort
DESCRIPTION: This 100,000 square foot casino recently became the only land-based casino in Louisiana; that statement should be a surprise considering New Orleans bawdy centuries-old reputation; you can see the casino’s Las Vegas lineage in the huge sophisticated gaming rooms; visitors enjoy another a New Orleans treat — everyday there’s a Mardi Gras indoor parade; the newly-constructed, AAA Four Diamond Harrah’s Hotel is a 26-stories with 450 oversized luxurious rooms and suites; rooms feature deluxe beds with pillow-top mattresses, HDTV and WiFi
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: 228 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: garage on premises
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar and Canal Streetcar
PHONE: 504-533-6000
WEBSITE: link

Metairie Cemetery
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1838 as a racetrack, it was converted to New Orleans largest cemetery in 1872; the great oval of the old racetrack can still be seen as part of the cemetery roadway system; graced with many grand oak trees, it has evolved into the most revered and beautiful cemetery in the city; the roster of historic political figures laid to rest here and the mausoleum architecture are diverse and astounding; stories of how people act and what goes on in this cemetery range between excerpts from a Stephen King novel and Mad magazine; one thing is certain, you won’t be bored; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
ADMISSION: free, but its best to visit as part of a tour
DAYS & HOURS: daily dawn to dusk
ADDRESS: 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar
PHONE: 504-486-6331
WEBSITE: link

Washington Artillery Park
DESCRIPTION: As you walk across Decatur Street, you’ll notice a small amphitheater for street performers; after walking up a few steps, you see a wide expanse of grass leading to the Moonwalk adjacent to the Mississippi River; the park was used as a military training ground
ADDRESS: Decatur Street across from Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA MAP

Louis Armstrong Park
DESCRIPTION: A large bronze statue gives ‘Satchmo his props; a recently built public garden with man-made waterways makes this a pleasant repast during the daytime only; Mahalia Jackson performance hall is also on site
ADDRESS: North Rampart Street and St. Ann Street, New Orleans, LA MAP

Audubon Park
DESCRIPTION: Features one of the nation’s top-rated zoos, Louisiana swampland, riverboat rides, Heymann Conservatory with 20 varieties of orchids
ADDRESS: St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-581-4629

City Park
DESCRIPTION: At 1,500 acres, it is one of the largest urban parks in the nation; the park is best loved for having the world’s largest collection of mature oak trees; 30,000 trees fill this urban oasis, many of them moss-draped beside lazy lagoons, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, tennis courts; the Botanical Gardens are so nice they seem at times, magical; small children adore the wooden carousel and Storyland amusement park; families enjoy the ample picnic grounds of what was formerly a plantation
ADDRESS: 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-488-2896

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